ElgarIn the South (Alassio)
R. Strauss Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 Italian
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
James Ehnes violin
Richard Strauss wrote his Violin Concerto in 1881, while he was still a schoolboy. The work he sketched out in one of his exercise books is considered something well beyond a mere juvenile curiosity-piece. In fact, a critic of the day approved of young Strauss’ composition, writing, ‘I should be delighted if it turned out to be effective and viable enough to banish Bruch’s G minor from our concert halls’. Well, it didn’t, but there’s the chance to hear the Strauss performed in this second week of James Ehnes’ 2016 appearances with the MSO.
Also on the program, directed by Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis, are two works that bask in the eternal sunshine of Italianate-inspired music: Elgar’sIn the South (Alassio); and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4 Italian. The eternal joy of this work confirms the ‘exhilarating impression’ Italy made on the young composer.
Thursday 11 August at 8pm
Friday 12 August at 8pm
Saturday 13 August at 8pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Call 03 9929 9600 or visitwww.mso.com.au/mendelssohn-s-italian-symphony